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The Leo Frank Case (Mary Phagan) Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913

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The Leo Frank Case (Mary Phagan) Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913

Published 1913

The 21st century public domain audiobook version of this unique early 20th century book, 'The Frank Case' (1913) was produced by Margaret Huffstickler in 2015 to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of Mary Phagan's murder long ago on April 26, 1913 and centennial of Leo Frank's Lynching on August 17, 1915:

Please Visit the 2015 Audiobook of 'The Frank Case' (1913):

The [Leo] Frank Case (1913) is the first book ever published about the Phagan sex-strangulation murder and because of the incendiary controversy surrounding the sensational trial of Leo Frank, the producer chose to not include the authors real name or even use a nom de plume. The anonymously published 'The [Leo] Frank Case' is one of the rare neutral and impartial treatments of this infamous affair and offers many insights found in no other written works about the Mary Phagan murder mystery investigation, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury Indictment and infamous trial of Leo Max Frank. The book was published shortly after the trial of Leo Frank concluded with a conviction and death sentence rendered on August 25 & 26, 1913.

99% of the articles, books, conferences, dramas and films about the Leo Max Frank case falsify the official legal records (trial and appeals), especially misrepresenting and suppressing the most incriminating parts from several hundred pages of exhibits, testimony, evidence and events against Frank in favor of mendaciously convincing people into believing Leo was an innocent man who was "falsely accused, wrongfully convicted and wantonly murdered" as Rabbi Steven Lebow put it.

'The Leo Frank Case, Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery', highlights the pivotal events and turning points leading up to the capital murder trial of Leo Frank, beginning with the April 26th, 1913, noontime murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan at the National Pencil Company in downtown Atlanta. This rare book includes the history of the sensational crime, with portraits of many key principals.

Published by The Atlanta Publishing Company, in Atlanta, Georgia, and copyright (C) 1913, the book is now in the public domain and can be freely distributed (Be sure to check out the public domain audiobook version of this case available on The Internet Archive).

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the 4-hour unsworn Leo Frank trial statement delivered in the courtroom to the Judge, Jury and spectators beginning on Monday, August 18, 1913, at about 2:15 PM (Leo Frank Trial Statement, Brief of Evidence, August 18, 1913).

When studying the Leo Frank Trial Brief of Evidence, pay very close attention to State's Exhibit B (Leo Frank's deposition to Atlanta Police and Detectives on Monday, April 28, 1913, Questions and Answers published in The Atlanta Constitution, August 2, 1913), and Leo Frank's trial statement response to Monteen Stover's testimony, concerning the issue of his office being empty on April 26, 1913, between 12:05 p.m., and 12:10 p.m., and why his newfangled "unconscious" bathroom visit to the metal room was a revelation interpreted as ineluctably incriminating by State's Prosecution Hugh Dorsey, Frank Arthur Hooper (Leo Frank Trial Closing Arguments August 1913, American State Trials Volume X, 1918, by John D. Lawson LLD). Firebrand, Tom Watson in his weekly Jeffersonian newspaper (1914 to 1917) and monthly Watson's Magazine (August and September, 1915) scored the defense over their criminal efforts to vindicate Leo Frank leading up to and including the trial and throughout the post-conviction appeals (1913-1915) to the Georgia and United States Supreme Court.

In the Atlanta Constitution newspaper issue of March 9, 1914, Leo Frank would re-state that he was supposedly in the metalroom's bathroom (located at the back of the second floor of the National Pencil Company) during the time he originally told the Atlanta Police that Phagan was with him alone in the business office (located at the front of the second floor of the National Pencil Company), which was at the same time Monteen Stover said Leo Frank's office had been empty on April 26, 1913, between 12:05 pm and 12:10 pm (see: Leo Frank Trial Brief of Evidence, 1913).

Atlanta had three major daily newspapers competing with each other for coverage of the case!

For the specific Leo Frank Case issues from April to August, 1913:

1. The Atlanta Constitution Newspaper from 1913 to 1915.

2. The Atlanta Georgian newspaper covering the Leo Frank Case from April though August, 1913.

3. The Atlanta Journal Newspaper, April, 28, 1913, through till the end of August, 1913, pertaining to the Leo Frank Case:

Spoiler Alert: Leo Frank made an open admission at his trial on Monday, August 18, 1913, that some believe amounted to a murder trial confession. The shocking revelation made by Leo Frank was in response to the trial testimony of 14-year old Monteen Stover, who had inadvertently broken his murder alibi about him not leaving his office when Mary Phagan arrived on Saturday, April 26, 1913 (State's Exhibit B, Monday, April 28, 1913).

Leo Frank Solves the Mystery of the Mary Phagan Murder on August 18, 1913:

Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went up stairs [to the fourth floor] and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham, to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [located at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room located at the rear of the second floor]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913).

Also see the Atlanta Constitution, Monday, March 9, 1914, Leo Frank authorized Jailhouse Interview.

Excellent sources of research and information about the Leo Frank Case include:

0. The Leo Frank Case Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913 - The first neutral book written about the murder of Mary Phagan and trial of Leo Frank.

1. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean (Available on Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. A neutral account of the events surrounding the trial and appeals of Leo Frank, including his posthumous pardon. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is well worth reading and it is a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish authored modern and contemporary books, disingenuously transforming the Leo Frank case into a neurotic, anti-Gentile, race obsessed tabloid controversy.

2. American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team. This case commentary review provides an *abridged* version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some of the important testimony and evidence when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the abridged closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 Leo Frank Case Brief of Evidence.

3. Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey in the Trial of Leo Frank. Some but not all of the 9 hours of arguments given to the Jury at the end of the Leo Frank trial on August 22, 23, and 25, 1913. Only 18 libraries in the United States have copies of these statements in book format. This is an excellent book and required reading for students of the Leo Frank case to see how Hugh Dorsey, in sales vernacular, 'closed' the panel of 13 men (the trial jury of 12 men plus Judge Leonard Strickland Roan).

4. Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence. Only three original copies from 1913 and 1914 exist at the Georgia State Archive.

Three Major Atlanta Dailies: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Georgian (Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism). The most relevant issues center around April 28th to August 27th 1913.

5. Atlanta Constitution Newspaper: The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trial, Appeals, Prison Shanking and Lynching reported about the Leo Frank Case in the Atlanta Constitution Daily Newspaper from 1913 to 1915.

6. Atlanta Georgian newspaper covering the Leo Frank Case from late April though August, 1913.

7. Atlanta Journal Newspaper, April, 28, 1913, through till the end of August, 1913, pertaining to articles about the Leo Frank Case:

Leo Frank confirms he might have been in the bathroom at the time Monteen Stover said his office was empty (12:05 pm to 12:10 pm): See the Atlanta Constitution, Monday, March 9, 1914, Leo Frank Jailhouse Interview

U.S. Senator Tom Watson

8. Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Newspaper (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917) and Watson's Magazine (1915). Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case was published in August and September 1915. Watson's five major magazine works written serially on the Frank-Phagan affair, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with the superb reasoning of a seasoned criminal attorney. These five 1915 articles published over numerous months are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case. Originals of these magazines are extremely difficult to find.

8.1. The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source at 'The Internet Archive'

8.2. The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source at 'The Internet Archive'

8.3. The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volumne 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source at 'The Internet Archive'

8.4. The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source at 'The Internet Archive'

8.5. The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source: at 'The Internet Archive'

Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Weekly Newspaper

9. The archive of Tom E. Watson Digital Papers, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contains the full collection of Jeffersonian Newspapers:

Modern Leo Frank cult members (known as Frankites) are posing as neutral reviewers and attempting to convince people not to read Tom Watson's analysis about the Frank-Phagan affair. Watson's analysis of the case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored for more than 100 years. For a nearly complete selection of: Tom Watson's Jeffersonian newspaper articles specifically related to the Murder of Mary Phagan and Leo Frank Case.

Tom Watson Brown, Grandson of Thomas Edward Watson

10. Notes on the Case of Leo M. Frank, By Tom W. Brown, Emery University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982.

Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court Archive:

11. Leo Frank Trial and Appeals Georgia Supreme Court File (1,800 pages).

Publisher Atlanta Georgia Publishing Company
Year 1913
Language English
Collection opensource
Notes no longer in copyright, free to download and distribute. Very few original copies survived.


Reviewer: hingerty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2011
Subject: Guilty
He was guilty. And all of this after all of these "made for TV" movies that portray the white south in such an unflattering light. I believe that this Frank case was what led to ADL, and other leftist outfits. Its time to let the light in.
Reviewer: sarahcohen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2011
Subject: The first book on the leo frank case
It provides insights no other book on the case does. Pay special attention to what Leo Frank says in response to Monteen Stover who waited in his empty office from 12:05 to 12:10, Leo Frank would make a virtual murder confession saying he might have unconsciously gone to the bathroom in the metal room. This is the solution to the murder of Mary Phagan, Leo Frank admitted murdering her on the witness stand. Leo Frank made three murder confessions in total, the first to Jim Conley (see affidavits), the second to Lucille Frank (see affidavits) and the third publicly at the trial on August 18, 1913.
Reviewer: holysmoke - favorite - April 24, 2011
Subject: Why are these guys trying to re-write history and whitewash who Tom Watson was?
The objective reader can hear the hatred and bigotry in the reviewer's voice for themselves. I ask that, to understand where they're coming from, and to understand how truly bigoted they are, look into Tom Watson, the so-called objective analyst they are attempting to use as the source for their claims of Frank's guilt. Just look at his writings for yourself - google his stuff on blacks, on Catholics, on Jews, on the KKK. Then you'll understand what vile garbage he was, how he was responsible for the murder of Frank, and how bigots are now trying to re-write history to reform their hero on this site. It's sad and it's scary.
Reviewer: Apiru-inhibitor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2011
Subject: A pedophile Jew tries to pin murder on a Black Man
This was the most embarrassing attempt of a Jew trying to pin a pedophile rape and murder on a black man. The 1986 pardon was without exoneration for this slimy excuse for a being.
Reviewer: somerset444 - favorite - April 21, 2011
Subject: Wonder why all this stuff about Leo Frank is all over this site?
Thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was found sexually molested and murdered in the basement of the Atlanta, Georgia, pencil factory where she worked. Her murder later led to one of the most disgraceful episodes of bigotry, injustice, and mob violence in American history.

Next to Phagan's body were two small notes that purported to pin the crime on Newt Lee, the night watchman at the factory. Lee was arrested, but it quickly became evident that the notes were a crude attempt by the barely literate Jim Conley to cover up his own involvement. Conley was the factory's janitor, a black man, and a well-known drunk.

Conley then decided to shift the blame toward Leo Frank, the Jewish owner of the factory. Despite the absurdity of Conley's claims, they nevertheless took hold. The case's prosecutor was Hugh Dorsey, a notorious bigot and friend of Georgia's populist leader, Tom Watson. Watson's racist and anti-semitic writings in his paper, the jeffersonian, were to play a key role in the trial. Reportedly, Watson told Dorsey, "Hell, we can lynch a nigger anytime in Georgia, but when do we get the chance to hang a Yankee Jew?"

Frank was tried by Judge Leonard Roan, who allowed the blatantly unfair trial to go forward even after he was privately informed by Conley's attorney that Conley had admitted to Frank's innocence on more than one occasion. The trial was packed with Watson's followers and readers of his racist newspaper, Jeffersonian. The jury was terrorized into a conviction despite the complete lack of evidence against Frank.

Georgia governor John Slaton initiated his own investigation and quickly concluded that Frank was completely innocent. Three weeks before his term ended, Slaton commuted Frank's death sentence in the hope that he would eventually be freed when the publicity died down. However, Watson had other plans: He mobilized his supporters to form the Knights of Mary Phagan. Thousands of Jewish residents in Atlanta were forced to flee the city because police refused to stop the lynch mob.

The Knights of Mary Phagan then made their way to the prison farm where Frank was incarcerated. They handcuffed the warden and the guards and abducted Frank, bringing him to Marietta, Phagan's hometown. There he was hanged to death from a giant oak tree. Thousands of spectators came to watch and have their picture taken in front of his lifeless body. The police did nothing to stop the spectacle.

Although most of the country was outraged and horrified by the lynching, Watson remained very popular in Georgia. In fact, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1920.

Frank did not receive a posthumous pardon until 1986, on the grounds that his lynching deprived him of his right to appeal his conviction.
Reviewer: manhattansunrise - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2010
Subject: An early account of the Leo Frank Case
The book written anonymously is mostly neutral and unbiased, representing an early account of the "Leo Frank Case". The book shares some very interesting insights about the Coroners Inquest and provides detail aspects and accounts of the case not found in other books. Overall, well worth the read and very informative. It is one of the few books on the subject which can be said to give a mostly fair and balanced view of the case.
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